THE MOXLEY MURDER  

THOMAS SKAKEL

CBS
The brother of Michael Skakel and nephew of Robert F. Kennedy was considered the lead possible suspect in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

For several years, authorities focused on Thomas Skakel, who was 17 at the time. At the time of her death, Thomas Skakel and his brother had a crush on their 15-year-old blond neighbor. Thomas Skakel was the last person seen with Moxley the evening she was murdered.

It was not until years later that investigators took a second look at Michael Skakel, after he changed his story about his movements the night of the killing.

After the murder, Thomas Skakel's father enrolled him in Vershire Academy, a private school in Vermont, to escape the pressure of being the prime suspect in the investigation. He graduated and briefly attended Elmira College in northern New York State. Failing, he then attended the New School for Social Research in New York.

Throughout the 1980s, he dabbled in environmental causes, worked with an ecology team, sold real estate in New York and traveled extensively. He married Anne Maitland Gillman in 1989, has two children and now helps run a bed and breakfast in Stockbridge, Mass., while working at a nearby manufacturing plant.